Chevy Announces New Unlimited OnStar 4G LTE Plan

In June of 2014, Chevrolet launched its built-in OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi technology. Since then, customers have been rapidly increasing their usage of the service. And, the biggest jump was in the last six months of 2016. In fact, in that time, Chevy owners used nearly as much data as they had in the previous two years.

Because of this huge jump in popularity and usage, Chevrolet has announced a new unlimited OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi plan. This plan will only cost $20 per month, making it an affordable choice for many families. There are also other plans for less frequent users, including data passes of 250MB per day for $5 and 20GB over 12 months for $150.

Alan Batey, president of GM North America and global head of Chevrolet, said, “With the most affordable unlimited 4G LTE data plan in the auto industry, the widest availability of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and new connected services like OnStar AtYourService, our momentum can only grow.”

If you’ve been searching for a better way to stay connected while on the go, come check out the Chevrolet lineup today at Wiesner of Huntsville. OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi is available across the Chevy lineup, from the compact Sonic to the full-size Silverado 2500HD.

Chevrolet’s Youth Sports Programs Get Support from Top Athletes

Since 2006, Chevrolet’s youth sports programs have been encouraging young people and helping communities. The Chevy Youth Baseball program started in 2006 and the Youth Soccer program followed in 2010.

This year, both programs will get a boost from world-class athletes. Supporting the baseball program will be MLB All-Star and Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen. The soccer program will get the benefit of gold medalist and soccer champion Alex Morgan.

Chevrolet’s youth sports programs

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“At Chevrolet, we celebrate the power of play and the positive effect it has on kids, families, and communities,” said Paul Edwards, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet Marketing. “Partnering with Andrew McCutchen and Alex Morgan allows us to share their expertise and passion for their individual sports and demonstrate to children everywhere that with perseverance and dedication anything is possible.”

In the baseball program, participating leagues can receive equipment and sponsorship grants from Chevrolet to help their programs grow and succeed. Chevrolet has donated more than 135,000 equipment kits and supported more than 6.7 million young children all over the United States in the past 11 years.

For the soccer program, Chevrolet also donates equipment as well as providing access to instructional clinics. Since 2010, Chevy has donated more than 6,200 equipment kits.

Here at Wiesner of Huntsville, we love seeing Chevrolet reach out to our youth to help them succeed.

Why Do We Love Willis?

Why We Love Willis - Wiesner of Huntsville

  • Willis is right next to Lake Conroe, where you can rent a boat for a day on the lake. You can also have dinner and dance on the water by hopping on a Southern
    Empress Cruise.
  • It’s near the beautiful Sam Houston National Forest for those that need their nature fix or want to go for a nice hike, bike, or camping trip.
  • Speaking of camping, Willis is home to several campgrounds, with Sunset Harbor Resort, the Landing, and Thousand Trails just to name a few.
  • Who doesn’t love the Gator Motorplex – stop by on a Saturday night with the family for a fun night of racing entertainment!
  • Want to hit some pristine greens and test your swing? Look no further than the Texas National Golf Course on Club House Drive.
  • If there isn’t enough time to go camping but you still want to enjoy the great outdoors, Willis is also home to many parks, including Charles Traylor Park and Pine Circle Park among others.
  • Rich with history, Willis, Texas became a community when the Great Northern Railroad decided to run a track from Houston to Chicago. The Willis brothers donated their land in 1870 to the railroad and soon saw a prosperous community develop. The main crops of the time included tobacco, cash crops of cotton, watermelons, and tomatoes. By 2020, Willis will be celebrating 150 years of establishment!
  • Let’s not forget about the Lone Survivor, Marcus Luttrell. Willis is hometown to the “Southern Boy,” who also attended Sam Houston State University!
  • Willis is also home to the Hidden Gem Diner… no explanation needed.

Top 3 Reasons to Buy a Compact Car

2017 Chevrolet Sonic - Reasons to Buy a Compact Car

While it might be hard to give up your truck for a compact car, there’s a lot of reasons people love driving the new Chevy Sonic. Here’s just a few.

Buying a compact car can be a fantastic choice, even for those with more than one passenger. While drivers who are used to large vehicles may find them cramped at first, there are many benefits to compact cars that make them well worth having a little less space. Here are a few reasons to buy a compact car from us here at Wiesner of Huntsville.

Affordability

Compact cars are some of the most affordable models on the market thanks to their size and weight. Generally starting at under $20,000 for a near-top trim, compact cars are affordable to first-time buyers, families on a budget, and drivers who don’t need a large vehicle.

Fuel Efficiency

Arguably the best reason to buy a compact car, most drivers seek high fuel economy and few models meet their needs like compact cars. The 2017 Chevrolet Sonic, for example, earns up to an EPA-estimated 34 hwy mpg.

Despite popular belief, compact cars often come with plenty of pep that makes them fun to drive. While they may not be sports cars, a compact car can offer a thrilling ride all the same since they are so light.

Handling

The standard small sedan offers precision handling, especially if there’s a sport-based model, like the Sonic RS. The lightweight design offers a quick response time and a turbocharged engine can provide high fuel economy while putting plenty of power to the road.

 

No matter why you’re thinking about getting a new compact car, stop by our Huntsville, TX dealership to take one for a test drive today!

Chevrolet Nine-Speed Transmission to Roll Out in 2017

New Chevrolet Transmission Coming in 2017 - Huntsville, TXFord and General Motors first announced that they would team up to develop two new transmission back in 2013. Now, as 2017 rolls around, we’re seeing the true fruits of their labor. General Motors unveiled plans to launch 10 new models with a new nine-speed transmission by the end of 2017.

Chevrolet will see four models debut with the new transmission throughout the year. The new nine-speed transmission offers a three percent increase in fuel economy over the older six-speed automatic transmission. Automakers are adding more gears to their transmissions across the board in order to comply with federal emissions regulations.

The Chevrolet nine-speed transmission first debuted in the 2017 Malibu Premier with a turbocharged engine. The 2017 Cruze diesel, with its 1.6-liter diesel engine, will come with the new transmission as well. The 2018 Equinox, equipped with a turbocharged engine as well, will round out the first three. Chevrolet has yet to reveal the fourth model.

The other transmission, a 10-speed automatic, made its official debut in the Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 muscle car. That transmission is designed for performance in rear-wheel drive vehicles while the nine-speed transmission brings increased fuel economy in front-wheel drive models.

We here at Wiesner of Huntsville expect only the best from General Motors!

Best Luxury Models

At Wiesner of Huntsville, we’ve got options. We’re here to offer you the best of Chevy, Buick, GMC and Cadillac. But when it comes to these manufacturers, which are the best luxury models of each? The answer is here, and you can call us to set up a test drive in any of these today.

best luxury models - 2017 Cadillac SRX

2017 Chevrolet Impala

This sedan combines a sleek exterior with intelligent design on the inside and under the hood. A roomy cabin is home to a long list of advanced technology features. You and your passengers will stay entertained with the Chevrolet Impala’s available smartphone integration that uses Chevy MyLink, available Wi-Fi and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility to keep you connected. Two engine options are available, and the 2017 Chevrolet Impala reaches a maximum 305 horsepower.

2017 Buick Verano

Like the Impala, the luxurious Buick Verano is a five-seat sedan that allows you and your family or friends to travel in class. The interior is made of the finest materials and can be taken to the next level with available upgrades like leather seats.

2017 Yukon Denali

Where full-size SUVs are concerned, the Yukon Denali may be the most luxurious on the market. Its three rows of first-class seating are graced with elegant extras like heated second row seats, wood inlays and French Seam stitching. Yet, the 2017 Yukon Denali can still tow a maximum of 8,400 pounds meaning this SUV offers the best of both worlds.

2016 Cadillac SRX

The 2016 Cadillac SRX is our choice for a luxury crossover, offering exceptional quality in handling and comfort. Though discontinued as of this year, the SRX is still a great way to go if you want a crossover that can keep you comfortable and entertained with up-to-date technology like available Wi-Fi and modern safety features.

Come Enjoy the Walker County Butterfly Festival This October

Fall is the time of year when monarch butterflies pass through Texas on their way to Mexico. They’ll remain there for the winter until they return north in the spring. The Master Gardeners of Walker County welcome all of Huntsville, Texas and surrounding areas to join them in celebrating this annual event at the upcoming Walker County Butterfly Festival. Aside from educational looks at the beautiful monarch butterflies, visitors will also find tons of fun activities for the whole family. Best of all – it’s a free event!

Walker County Butterfly Festival

The festival will take place on October 22nd from 8 in the morning until 1 in the afternoon, so make sure you get up early to make the most of your day. The main event will be the monarchs themselves, which will be captured, tagged, and released so they can continue their long journey, but other activities on the schedule include educational speakers, crafts for the kids, and more.

Additionally, if you have a green thumb, the Walker County Butterfly Festival will be a great place for you to go. The Master Gardeners are experts on all things green and can give you advice on when and what to plant in your own garden. Plus, lots of plants will be going on sale at noon, so make sure you get your hands on a new, leafy friend before you leave.

Signs You Need New Brakes

Flooded road- stop sign into water - signs you need new brakes

If you were on this road, you would want to have some peace-of-mind knowing that you could stop! By staying in-tune with your car, you can be sure your brakes work.

When it comes to safety systems, none is more vital than the braking system. Responsible for slowing down and stopping to prevent an accident, the braking system is one of the more complicated items to maintain. The brake pads don’t wear at a given rate, instead depending on where and how you drive. Fortunately there are a few signs they need attending to. Here at Wiesner of Huntsville, we know all of the signs you need new brakes and will be happy to help in any way we can!

Signs You Need New Brakes:

  1. Sound – If you hear a squealing or high-pitched screeched when you hit the brakes, make a service appointment immediately. That sound is caused by metal scraping metal and indicates that the brake pads are nearly gone. For your safety and the safety of others, have your brake pads replaced sooner rather than later.
  2. View – In most vehicles, you can look through the wheel spokes to see the brake pad. The outer portion will be pushed up against the rotor. If the pad looks to have less than a quarter inch remaining, make a service appointment.
  3. Feel – If it takes a while to slow down, the brake pads are likely worn down and are becoming unresponsive. On the other hand, if the pedal sinks to the floor, it’s a sign that there’s a leak somewhere in the braking system. Either way, it’s important to have a technician inspect your brakes.

Things To Do in the Huntsville Cultural District

In 2009, the Texas Commission of the Arts began designating specific cultural districts throughout the state. One of the first of seven of these new arts districts was the Huntsville Cultural District. This downtown area in Huntsville, Texas, offers everything from historic, preserved architecture to live theater performances. Residents and visitors alike are invited to discover these historical gems.

Huntsville Cultural District

One of the draws to the cultural district is the historic buildings. (Texas Commission on the Arts)

What can I do there?

Aside from the historical buildings, there are also new buildings in the Huntsville Cultural District. Architect Dan Phillips created them all from recyclable materials, which adds to the appeal. Additionally, many of the downtown buildings have been given an extra artistic touch by Richard Haas. Haas painted several murals throughout the district.

The cultural district has artist studios and workshops for the creative types, but those who don’t want to exercise their creative skills still have options. You can also visit museums, theaters, art galleries, and any number of events and festivals in the area.

The Huntsville Cultural District has all sorts of attractions and memorialized buildings and houses for you to see. Whether you’re looking for a charming downtown center to sight-see and experience a taste of preserved history, support local artists, see a live show, or find some way to pass a day, it’s all right here. Furthermore, visitors can take guided tours for a little bit of everything. This area has about all you need for an exciting day. Which one of these are you most excited for? We want you to share anything we missed!

Cadillac’s New “Daring Pursuits” Advertisements Aim to Inspire Passionate Creativity

You’ve probably heard Cadillac’s slogan of “Dare Greatly” over the past couple years. The phrase perfectly embodies the automaker’s philosophy on life, driving, and creating vehicles. After all, what of value will you assign to a product without taking a great risk?

2017 Cadillac XT5 - Daring Pursuits

What does “Daring Pursuits” mean to me?

To show how that philosophy is seen in different walks of life, Cadillac is applying the “Dare Greatly” adage to a new marketing campaign called “Daring Pursuits.” Showcasing the experiences and efforts of “passionate creators,” Cadillac’s latest wave of digital ads will feature a visual artist, a furniture designer, and a balloon artist.

“ Daring Pursuits represents the unpredictable nature and process of creativity, which has been a central theme of the ‘Dare Greatly’ brand platform since it launched in 2015,” said Ray Warren, Cadillac’s global manager of social media and digital advertising. “This latest extension, ‘Daring Pursuits,’ appeals to audiences who are entrepreneurial and unwilling to settle.”

In the process of the “Daring Pursuits” advertisements, viewers will learn about the exciting new 2017 Cadillac XT5. Customers can buy this new model at Wiesner of Huntsville. This is in addition to our other new and used Cadillac, Chevrolet, Buick and GMC inventory. All new 2017 are to be available once they are release and ready to drive!